Originally Posted by Anon La Ply
How often do people choose to hit others? I imagine the "decision" is most likely made by flight or flight mechanisms. Making a choice would mean overriding the basic impulse ... and the making of that choice would depend on your history
This is a red herring.
Fight or flight is still a choice, hence the "or". You have a minimum of two options in this scenario. I agree that the choice is relegated to the scenario at hand, but more often than not I personally have had the will and opportunity to knock someones teeth out but haven't because rationality wins out in my mind and I either discuss the situation to end and solve it or just walk away when the other party is not being rational. But don't think the violent option isn't present in my mind and urging me to act upon it.
I don't think my example was too spectacular, after further review. I suppose I will be given a 5 yard penalty and a loss of down.